Can it be true? Are there really as many as 2.2 million households in Britain scraping by on as little as £41,000 a year? And having to feed two children on that as well?
£41,000 a year, a mere £788 a week, how you could you possibly put nutritious food in your children’s bellies, and buy an iPod, and pay your Sky subscription? No wonder the Guardian describes them as ‘teetering on the edge of penury’. They are but one step away from not being able to afford to go to their friend’s hen party in Croatia.
Perhaps, like B & Q, the government should urgently enlist the help of ‘oldies’, people with experience of living on the basic pension of £102.15 a week.
Did you know that whilst there are people in Blackpool getting £320 a week for honest labour, there are some in Kensington, London getting £1,305 for working for exactly the same time? (and many in Westminster getting that much or more for pontificating about this inequality).
Did you know that in Middlesborough you get £320 a week for emptying the rubbish once a fortnight, whilst in Guardian Towers you might get £4,000 a week for spouting rubbish?
This inequality has to stop. Nobody (Nobody, that includes you Polly) should be allowed to earn more than the minimum wage – and the surplus to be applied to the national debt. There you go, two problems solved.
Whilst I am about it, I have another ‘equality’ solution. According to today’s Independent, 50% of children are unhappy being bullied at school. So the other 50% are either the bullies, or so pathologically masochistic that they don’t mind being bullied.
Ipso, if your child is happy at school, he must be in the second 50%, natch? Therefore I prescribe corporal punishment for anyone claiming to be happy at school, either they deserve it, or they will enjoy it and be even happier. The bullied ones will love the spectacle.
‘Right, you, Mukherjee Minor, reckon you’re happy in Modern Day Britain do you, soon whack that out of you’…
Just out of interest, how many of you have experience of ‘teetering on the edge of penury’ on £41,000 a year? How do you manage?